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The Boss
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08.16.2016 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Ben Falcone

Actors:
Melissa McCarthy
Kristen Bell
Kathy Bates

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Michelle Darnell’s (Melissa McCarthy) privileged world comes crashing down when she’s arrested for insider trading. Now broke, she moves in with her former assistant (Kristen Bell) and hatches a scheme using a troop of girl scouts to get back on top.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I like Melissa McCarthy a lot. When used well, as in her movies with Paul Feig, she’s one of the best comedic actresses in the biz. She also has a knack for drama. Yet, there are times when McCarthy is given too much leeway by her directors, and such is the case with THE BOSS, directed by her husband Ben Falcone.

Based on a character she created in her Groundlings days, Darnell is not really able to sustain a film as she’s such a sketch-like caricature. In a way she reminds me of Derek Zoolander, but there Ben Stiller had a big cast to sustain the premise (which didn’t survive a sequel). While some effort is made by having Kristen Bell have nearly as much screen-time as McCarthy, with the former Veronica Mars playing it straight and low-key, McCarthy dominates.

What makes it bad is that she indulges in this long, obviously improvised tangents that would have been better left for DVD. I first noticed this during her performance in Judd Apatow’s THIS IS 40, and it’s on massive display here, with bits going on forever, such as the one where McCarthy and Bell compare boobs. Cut down to a few lines this would have been funny but it goes on and on. I also didn’t care for all the slapstick involving Peter Dinklage as her former lover-turned-enemy and the extended heist-driven climax, which is boring and too predictable. That said, there are some good moments and Kathy Bates is hilarious as McCarthy’s foul-mouthed former mentor. Overall though, it’s a mess.
THE EXTRAS
Alternate ending: Here, Darnell ends-us fighting Dave Bautista's "Falcon Rangers", a rival troop of boy-scouts. Bautista is actually quite funny.

Deleted Scenes: About 14 minutes worth, including more with Michelle's funny bodyguard, Tito, who finds happiness working at a Best Buy-type store.

Gag Reel: Pretty standard clowning around. Everyone's having fun, yada, yada.

Origin: A look at the character Michelle Darnell's creation, which came from McCarthy's sketch-comedy days in the late nineties.

Original Michelle Darnell sketch: An original recording of McCarthy work-shopping the character fifteen years ago, with her sporting the same look she does in the film.

Peter Dinklage gets to the point: Dinklage and his fellow cast-members weigh-in on his contribution to the film. Pretty standard EPK.

Everyone loves Kristen Bell: As the title suggests, everyone weighs-in on how adorably/amazing Bell is. Nothing tongue-in-cheek here, everyone loves her. So do I!

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
It’s too bad THE BOSS doesn’t work because a character like Darnell is ripe for sending-up, even if she can’t sustain a nearly two hour movie. This is only for McCarthy die-hards.
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